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Frustrated writing failure.

  • Sean Harrison

    No Pleasure without Pain

    I'm at a point where I don't know whether to keep trying or call it a day. Not getting any younger and have never been prolific enough to be on top of my game.

    The question is whether my writing has enough about it to merit continuing.

    I'm proud of my stories but at the same time have such high expectations of myself the whole experience of actually writing is frustrating and punishing. I don't think it should be like that but I can't seem to change so you can, perhaps appreciate where I'm at. It's something I love and hate!

    Please read my stories The Ancient and The Basement and tell me what you think!
  • Sean Harrison

    Do I carry on?

    I'm at a point where I don't know whether to keep trying or call it a day. Not getting any younger and have never been prolific enough to be on top of my game.

    The question is whether my writing has enough about it to merit continuing.

    I'm proud of my stories but at the same time have such high expectations of myself the whole experience of actually writing is frustrating and punishing. I don't think it should be like that but I can't seem to change so you can, perhaps appreciate where I'm at. It's something I love and hate!

    Please read my stories The Ancient and The Basement and tell me what you think!
  • Sean Harrison

    Reaching a crossroads in Writing...

    'm at a point where I don't know whether to keep trying or call it a day. Not getting any younger and have never been prolific enough to be on top of my game.

    The question is whether my writing has enough about it to merit continuing.

    I'm proud of my stories but at the same time have such high expectations of myself the whole experience of actually writing is frustrating and punishing. I don't think it should be like that but I can't seem to change so you can, perhaps appreciate where I'm at. It's something I love and hate!

    Please read my stories The Ancient and The Basement and tell me what you think!
  • Sean Harrison

    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    I'm at a point where I don't know whether to keep trying or call it a day. Not getting any younger and have never been prolific enough to be on top of my game.

    The question is whether my writing has enough about it to merit continuing.

    I'm proud of my stories but at the same time have such high expectations of myself the whole experience of actually writing is frustrating and punishing. I don't think it should be like that but I can't seem to change so you can, perhaps appreciate where I'm at. It's something I love and hate!

    Please read my stories The Ancient and The Basement and tell me what you think!
    DarthElrond98
    4 years ago
    Actually, I find that when I write I often get frustrated for some reason or another. Most of the time, it's because I struggle to get ideas from my head onto paper. Sean, I think you should keep at it.
    BookerGirl
    4 years ago
    It may sound childish, but the reason I love writing/ aspire to become an author despite everyone's negativity, is because of 'the freedom' of it.
    Well, that was up till recently, but that's another story for another day. The thing I've noticed is, that when people write and upload, they perceive their works as low grade or low level. When in actuality, the people reading your works enjoy it immensely.
    Try to have fun while writing, I guess would be my advice, although I know it's probably way easier said than done. You could attempt to write a story/book which has no rules or limitations--just have some creative fun, and you'll eventually find your creative genius. :D
    DarthElrond98
    4 years ago
    Absolutely; I couldn't have said it better myself. I often write a story that I hate only to let someone read it for some constructive feedback and they say they like it.
    I'm working on a novel right now and I've already started it again a few times. I must admit I've been pushed to the limits writing it and I find it hard sometimes to keep writing, but whenever I fid myself flagging, I give myself a little break: I take a few days off from writing and just relax. When I come back a few days later in a new frame of mind, I find that the quality of my writing will improve. All I can say is keep writing.
    Good luck! :)
  • Sean Harrison

    mumbled "The Frustrations of a Frustrated Writing Failure Pt 1."

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    From the title you can probably gather that I find writing (right now) a very frustrating exercise.

    There is no one to blame for this other than myself of course. The brain is a muscle like all others and need continual exercise to perform at it's optimum and where writing is concerned my brain is sadly lacking due to a high level of writing inactivity. This was brought on by feelings of inferiority, fear of failure and, let's be honest, sheer laziness.

    For anyone else out there in the same boat I thoroughly recommend reading Stephen King's book, On Writing. I have read so many self help books on Writing and they have only served to diminish my excitement for writing by pointing out that writing isn't fun it's Bloody Hard Work! Well, I think they've missed the point that if you love writing it's not hard work at all and Kings book points this out in a way only Stephen King can with clarity, sincerity and good humour.

    His thoughts on writing have rekindled my passion for writing enough for me to force out the stories that now live on Movellas and I hope that there will be more to follow as reading his book also seems to have revived my imagination and creativity for story ideas which are now bursting at the seams.

    Hopefully people will read them and enjoy them as much I did writing them. But the biggest lesson learnt by reading Kings book is that you write for yourself and if people follow great but if not still stay true to yourself.

    Good words to work by I think.
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